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The forecast for the morning was for a light breeze at first and that’s precisely what it was – but a little too light to put it mildly. 

As over 250 plus competitors made their way to the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Clubhouse at Middle Island for Day 2 of the ASAF Youth Sailing Cup #2 at Hong Kong, there was a serious lack of breeze in the Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay areas.  All of Hong Kong seemed to be showing similar situation except for Waglan, which was registering breeze of 10kts from the north northeast.  With the limited breeze in the vicinity of Middle Island, the decision was made to move the 100+ Optimist fleet to Tai Tam Bay where there was likely to be more breeze.  Multiple ribs took up the task to tow the fleet the 3.5nm to Tai Tam Bay. T he 420, 470 and 29er on race area D race were more fortunate with the Race Management finding a building north-easterly breeze.

The second event of the ASAF Youth Sailing Cup 2016 - 17 Series at Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong kicked off on Wednesday night after a breezy practice race with winds gusting from 20 to 25kts followed by an exciting lion dance very much to the awe and delight of the overseas competitors.

Some of the world’s leading sailing prospects will be in action when the 2017 Mussanah Race Week (MRW) takes place at Oman Sail’s racing centre at the Mussanah Sports City starting on January 18. 

The Dubai to Muscat Race Sohar Education Program completed the first week of all five schools’ teaching sessions by sponsors of the Dubai to Muscat Silver Anniversary Sailing Race. GEMS students learned about GPS technology, tracking and satellite communications on Monday in an interactive session with Thuraya, the region’s leading mobile satellite communications company, while at Dubai Offshore Sailing Club, students from Gems Wellington Silicon Oasis had the first on water session in the programme.

Marina Bay proved to be good hunting ground once again for skipper Ridgely Balladares’ Team Philippines as they successfully took home the DBS Marina Bay Cup 2016 for the second year in a row.

The road to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) will be a global adventure for the best young speedsters with a continental qualification system deciding which nations will send sailors to Argentina in October 2018.

Bart’s Bash is an annual participation and fundraising event in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation (ASSF). This incredible event works on the assumption that sailing venues across the world host their races at weekends. Bart’s Bash unites sailors from across the globe to participate in one colossal global sailing event in memory of Olympic Sailor, Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson. Bart’s Bash is open to all sailing clubs, yacht clubs, scout groups, sea cadets, windsurfing clubs, individuals and any venue globally that can host a race and are inspired to take part. It's a day the sailing community remembers Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, a double Olympic medallist who tragically lost his life whilst training for the Americas cup in 2013.

We are now just few days away from the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games! Sailing won't start for another few days, but by this time next week we will be in the midst of competition for many of the fleets while others will still be anticipating their starts. Forty Two Asian sailors representing Eight Asian nations will be fighting for glory at the 2016 Rio Olympic.

More than 250 plus boats turned up for the 26nm 2016 Around the Island Race. Race Officer Inge Strompf-Jepsen set two start lines off of Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club's Kellett Island Clubhouse with the line closest to Kellett Island used for starting the day boats and the outside line for the cruiser, racer and beach cat divisions.

At 12:51:52hrs Hong Kong time today, Seng Huang Lee's 100ft Super Maxi Scallywag sliced 2h 22m 41s off the previous Hong Kong to Hainan Race record. The previous race record of 25h 54m 33s was set in 2014 by Karl Kwok’s TP52 Beau Geste. The new Volvo Hong Kong to Hainan race record now stands at an impressive 23h 31m 52s!

In its 32nd year, the Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race this year was hosted by Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club.  A fleet of 16 yachts comprising of more than 100 crew from 9 Nations, set sail from Northern Australia for Indonesia on 13th August 2016.  After a very slow start and a painful exit from the harbour the wind gods finally heard the calls.  The fleet sailed in an average of 20-30 knots of breeze throughout the 600NM race.  Warm weather, winds & a kite most of the way making for great sailing…

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